Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I was very excited when I saw this beer. I saw that it was a new Brooklyn, a special one, and when I gave it a closer inspection, my taste buds trembled, my mouth watered, and my stomach growled. Why? Because I've had "hybrid" beers before, beers that mix two distinct styles. The first hybrid I had was from Midnight Sun Brewing Company up in Anchorage, AK, an amazing, outstanding, extraordinary, etc. brewery. Their hybrid was their Obliterator IV, an IPA-Hefeweizen. It was one of the best beers I've ever had. And when I picked up this Hopfen-Weisse, a hoppy-white/wheat beer, I knew it would at least be similar to the Obliterator IV. This was enough of a reason to get it! Anyway, let's get to the review.
I loved pouring this out of the bottle. Since it is partly a weiss beer, I put the bottle up to the light, and sure enough, I saw sediment. YES! I poured out about a 3/4 glass and then twirled the bottle a bit to stir up some of that non-filtered goodness to then fill up the rest of the beer glass. The head bloomed very large and looks very appetizing, being very bubbly yet clings to the glass. Indeed, the head is like a hefeweizen but an IPA too. Very bubbly but frothy enough to retain its form, at least for a bit until the bubbles pop. When you first take in the aroma of the Hopfen-Weisse, it smells like a pale ale. It's hoppy and smells faintly of flowers. On the other hand, the citrus and yeasty/wheaty smells lie tucked underneath the hops. As far as aesthetics, this beer is a clear golden, unless you swirl the sediment like I did that adds particulates.
Now to taste. This is why I like the hybrids (I own a hybrid car :P)! Unlike the smell, where the pale ale came before the hefeweizen, with taste the latter came before the former. It starts out with a strong wheat taste but with subtle underlying bitterness of hops. Lemony-orange citrus tang floats around in there as well. Talk about having complexity in a beer's taste. Wheat, hops, and citrus. One thing I really like about this beer is how the hefeweizen flavor stays throughout while the hop spice-zest stays right along with it. This is a full-flavored beer but isn't heavy. I love the spiciness at the end.
If you're a fan of hybrid beers, complex-tasting beers, hefeweizens and/or pale ales, this is definitely a beer to try. I don't think it's a great beer, but it's certainly extraordinary and something you should certainly pick up if you see it. Good stuff!
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2011 04:50:14 | More by BeardedRiker
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have been hunting down this beer for a while; probably there aren’t many bottles still available.
It produced a big stomp after releasing the cork. Amber golden color with a thick off-white head with apparent carbonation, great retention and leaving some laces.
Wonderful intriguing aroma, subdue notes of banana with honey, cloves, overripe oranges, peaches soaked in rum and mango chutney.
Flavor of wood, Cointreau liquor, subdue banana, caramel malt, pine, wheat, honey, spices and Weiss yeast. Interesting that I also got some floral and herbal hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
Excellent Weizenbock, bold flavor with great complexity. It would be interesting to compare it to the German version.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 21:32:17 | More by FLima
3.24/5 rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
A collaboration between two solid brewers that somewhat alters/updates a classic style? I'm in. This stuff pours a cloudy sunrise amber-brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, dry wheat, light clove (I think), and a couple twists of orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly fresher wheat component and a bit more clove. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this stuff. It's not really bad, per se, just not my cup o' tea, what with the grassy hops not really fully melding with the mild citrus and wheat. I dunno, something like that...
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2013 23:46:29 | More by TMoney2591
Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse from Brooklyn Brewery
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